Silva was seen accompanying a group of Bodu Bala Sena Buddhist monks who submitted a letter to the Presidential Secretariat today, seeking Presidential pardon for the controversial monk.
Silva, a notorious politician, also spoke to media and said Gnanasara Thera, who is currently undergoing treatment at Sri Jayawardenapura Teaching Hospital, should be allowed to eat “home-cooked meals”.
This was the first time Silva publicly showed solidarity with the militant monk who was responsible for anti-Muslim riots in several parts of the country in 2014 and 2017.
Silva also describes himself as a supporter of President Maithripala Sirisena and a member of the SLFP.
Meanwhile, monks representing the Bodu Bala Sena said they would step down from religious affairs of all politicians until their leader, Gnanasara, was released.
A monk named ‘Diyasenpura wimala Thera’, speaking to media in Colombo today, said the BBS Leader was being kept in prison in an unjust manner.